After eight years of government service, Condoleezza Rice has returned to the Hoover Institution where she is the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy.
She also is a professor of political science at Stanford University.
Rice served as U.S. secretary of state from 2005 to 2009. Before serving as America’s chief diplomat, she was national security adviser to the president from January 2001 to 2005.
Rice said recently in an interview with the Stanford Report that she plans to focus on writing two books, one of which will be on foreign policy. The other will be about her parents, John and Angelena Rice, and the contributions they made to her and their students. Other plans involve her continuing support of K–12 education reform.
“We are pleased with the secretary’s return and look forward to her involvement in the intellectual life at Hoover,” said John Raisian, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution. “Few can bring with them her mix of academic achievement, international diplomatic experience, and vibrant personality. She is a unique individual and it’s great to have her back.”
She has authored and coauthored several books, including Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995), with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986), with Alexander Dallin; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).
Rice joined the Stanford University faculty as a professor of political science in 1981 and served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999. She was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution from 1991 to 1993 and returned to the Hoover Institution after serving as provost until 2001. As a professor, Rice won two of the highest teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Rice was a founding board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California, and was vice president of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. In addition, she has served on several local and national boards of foundations and charitable organizations.
She currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981.